Ardoin and colleagues show Girl Scouts can help with energy-saving decisions at home
Adults get most of the credit for structuring and managing the world, but researchers are finding that children play a much bigger role in society than we often imagine.
Using rigorous research designs, behavioral theory and approaches borrowed from public health, a team of Stanford researchers recently measured the effects of a youth energy-behavior program on the Girl Scout participants and their families. The results, published today in Nature Energy, show that educating the girls about energy-saving behaviors led to positive changes in both the girls and their households.
The study showed that energy-saving educational programs changed behavior positively, said Nicole Ardoin, an associate professor at Stanford Graduate School of Education and a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.